The group Environment Ohio visited a church with an energy-efficient lighting system that has saved thousands of dollars as part of its effort to press lawmakers to maintain current standards for renewable energy and efficiency, The Columbus Dispatch reports.
Todd Snitchler, chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, was the keynote speaker at a 2011 meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council, a group that opposes renewable energy requirements. Snitchler recently opposed plans for a solar farm in his state, The Associated Press reports.
Public Utilities Commission of Ohio Chairman Todd Snitchler has been a frequent critic of renewable energy on his Twitter feed, sharing no positive thoughts in more than 1,000 tweets from the past year. Snitchler and his agency ruled against a new solar-energy project last week, The Columbus Dispatch reports.
Ohio lawmakers are not likely to implement changes to its energy-efficiency rules for utilities until next year at the earliest, despite arguments from power company FirstEnergy about the added cost for consumers, The Columbus Dispatch reports.
HOUSTON, Texas - Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Wednesday he will soon be unveiling a sweeping energy policy for his state that will address everything from carbon capture at coal plants to new environmental regulation of hydraulic fracturing wells and an accompanying tax on natural gas producers.
Foreseeing a potential boom unleashed in his state by natural gas fracking, Kasich said “we need to manage this appropriately from the standpoint of strong environmental regulations” that would address issues such as well-heads, gathering lines, and high-pressure pipelines used to extract natural gas from the state’s Marcellus and Utica shale regions.